I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.
- "My Way", Frank Sinatra
All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.
You wake up at SeaTac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, Mountain, Central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?
Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!
Traveling is a return to the essentials.
What do you wish you’d packed for your travel/study abroad but didn’t? What did you pack, but never use?
What’s your packing advice for future travelers?